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Nov 2012 Fleischmanns Mayor's Newsletter

Nov 2012 Fleischmanns Mayor's Newsletter

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Published by Watershed Post
Letter from mayor Todd Pascarella to Fleischmanns residents. Includes flood recovery updates and info on Fred Woller's resignation.
Letter from mayor Todd Pascarella to Fleischmanns residents. Includes flood recovery updates and info on Fred Woller's resignation.

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FromTheDeskoftheMayorNovember2012
AshurricaneSandyapproachedthenortheastseveralweeksagoweallcollectivelyheldourbreathfearingthatourareacouldbeinforarepeatofthetypeofdestructioninflictedbyhurricaneIrene,orevenworse.Thingsweremovedtohighgroundandbatteneddown,suppliesweregathered,andchainsawswerefiredupandmadeready.TheEastBranchFloodCommissionmetanddiscussedlastminutepreparationstepsandemergencyplanningforthestormacrossthewatershed.Ourfirstrespondersgearedup.Andthenwewaited...untilthewindandrainstartedpickingupandsometreesstartedcomingdown.ThetreethatcamedownonapowerpoleonWagnerAvenueclosedthat roadby10pmonMondaythenightofthestormandwithalonguncertainnightaheadIdeclaredastateofemergencyintheVillagetoeffectivelyclosetheroadsuntilSandypassedandthesafetyoftheroadsandinfrastructurecouldbeevaluatedcomedaylight.Asitturnsoutthingscalmedbackdownforthemostpart,WagnerAvenuewasclearedthenextmorning,thestateofemergencywasliftedbylOam,andwegraduallyexhaled.OurFireDepartmenthadpreparedwellandstoodcommittedtostayaheadofanyandallsafetysituationstoprotectusthroughthenightandwearefortunatefortheirdedication.ManyothervolunteerssteppedforwardtoassistintheeventtheVillageneededtheirefforts.Iwanttosayabigthankyoutoeveryonewhoworkedhardpreparingasmuchaspossibleforthestorm.ThelessonsofIrenearestillfreshandtheplanningandcoordinatingthathasbeenongoingpaidoff.However,thereisalwayssomuchmorethatcanbedoneandthereallessonfromSandyisthatweneverknowwhenarealdisasterwillhitussowemustplanwhilewehavethechanceandprepareasifthethreatisalwaysreal,asitwasthistimeforthosefolksfurtherdownstate.
FEMAWorksheetsArrive-
TheVillagehasfinallyreceivedthecompleteworksheetsforthethree"large"projectsidentifiedforFEMAfundingposthurricaneIrene.TheseprojectsincludethestabilizationofaportionoftheLakeStreetembankmentwhichsufferederosion,thereplacementoftheretainingwallintheparkwhichcompletelywashedaway,andthereconstructionofthePark.WedidnotknowexactlywhattoexpectbutasitturnsouttheseworksheetsdocontainamixtureofadequateandacceptablemeasuresaswellassomemeasuresthatdonotmeettheVillage'sactualneeds.AnexampleistheunwillingnessonFEMA'sparttofundthefullreplacementofthetenniscourts,rathertheyinsistonmakingrelativelyminorrepairswhichallofourexpertshavesaidwillnotworkgiventhepoorconditionofthecourtbases.Village
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